The United Kingdom has shut down its visa application centres in Nigeria over the crisis arising from #EndSARS protests in the country.
In a statement released on its website on Wednesday October 21, it was gathered that the centres will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours. Applicants with booked appointments have been asked to reschedule their appointment till next week, PUNCH reports.
”Important: Closure of our Visa application centre’. Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centres will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum.
“For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020.
“We will continue to post regular updates on this page, so please keep checking back for the latest information on reopening.
“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”
The statement read.
On Tuesday, the United States shut down its consulate in Lagos State for two days over the #ENDSARS protests.
The US embassy and consulate in a statement, on Tuesday, said,
“Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos.
“Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges.
“Some police stations have been targeted. Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19 due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00 p.m. on October 20. Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow.’’
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday imposed an indefinite curfew in the state as the police ordered out anti-riot units nationwide to face protesters.
However, hundreds of protesters remained at protest venues, pledging to stay on the streets until their demands are met.
#EndSARS protests began 12 days ago over brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad but later snowballed into calls for good governance in the country.